Venous Reflux Exams
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Is aspirin a valid treatment for Lipodermatosclerosis? (1 answer)
A dermatologist diagnosed my 79 yr old mom with Lipodermatosclerosis and recommended she see her primary care physician. He told her only to take aspirin and elevate her legs 3 times a day for 15 minutes each time. Should I be concerned about this?
My wife's ultrasounds are inconsistent, what should we do? (5 answers)
My wife has had multiple ultrasounds. One ultrasound tech found a bad perforator at 5mm, but they wanted to do open surgery. Another ultrasound tech from the Dr she wanted to use who does laser and RF could not find the perorator. What to do?
Does consuming caffeine cause less venous reflux to be found on an ultrasound? (6 answers)
Hello, I am interested in radiofrequency ablation of my greater saphenous veins. Last month an ultrasound showed continuous reflux at both greater saphenous junctions. I had no caffeine that day. I had another ultrasound today (after having 4 cups of coffee), and there was no reflux! Can consuming caffeine change the results of a person's reflux exam?
Should I be concerned about the findings of my venous reflux exam? (2 answers)
I had a venous reflux study, which found an area of reflux, obstruction with collaterals via epigastric veins. The doctor says there is nothing to worry about, but I have pain at night. Hx of chronic dvt x 2, stent in left CIV. I thought any reflux was of concern. Should I be worried? Any insight you can provide is appreciated.
Is treatment possible if I have venous reflux and chronic DVT? (2 answers)
I have been diagnosed with reflux; it was confirmed by in-office Doppler/Duplex ultrasound. The findings show chronic deep vein thrombosis in my right leg, common femoral and external iliac vein. I'm having significant leg pain at night. Is treatment possible given chronic clot status? Stent?
Can a leaking leg vein cause me to have irregular periods and affect my fertility? (5 answers)
For 4 years I've had swelling & pain in my left leg & lower back. I had a venous reflux text which showed that there is leakage in my leg. Around the same time I started having irregular periods and have been unable to get pregnant. Could the 2 be related? I have yet to have a subsequent appointment with the doctor.
Why is a duplex ultrasound necessary before vein treatment? (7 answers)
An in-office hand-held Doppler ultrasound found bilateral venous reflux. Despite wearing compression stockings, I have significant pain each night after work (sitting, standing for long periods). Why is a duplex ultrasound essential before any treatment? Thank you.
Can I file an appeal if my insurance company refuses to cover my vein surgery? (8 answers)
I pay $1,000 a month for my insurance policy with BCBS, yet they will not cover ANY of my vein issues. I am in terrible pain all the time, my knee and calf are very swollen and it's affecting my walk. I have been diagnosed with venous reflux. Can I appeal the insurance company's decision? If so, how do I do that?
My ultrasound showed no reflux, so why am I experiencing a lot of pain? (6 answers)
Compression stockings seem to help some, but there are days where I am not sure. I have classic vein symptoms, such as pain in the calves and the back of the upper thigh. However, after a duplex ultrasound at Mayo Clinic, no reflux was found. I was in a standing position during the exam. If no reflux was found, should I be experiencing so much pain? I have to sit down and elevate my legs constantly, as it's hard to stand up.
Can very mild reflux cause lots of pain in the legs? (9 answers)
I've had two separate venous ultrasounds done at two different clinics. Neither showed much reflux, yet symptoms still persist. Can very mild reflux cause lots of pain in legs or is this typically only seen in people with a more significant amount of reflux? Are there other problems that could be causing symptoms similar to vascular/vein issues?
Is it common for two specialists to see two different things in an ultrasound? (10 answers)
I had an ultrasound done and was told I have deep vein reflux, but when I went to Mayo they found nothing other than a small superficial vein. I have leg pain in my calves, shins and upper legs. There is no swelling, but there is mild leg discoloration. Is it common for an interventional radiologist and a vascular doctor to see two different things in an ultrasound? Any suggestions as to what my condition may be?
Is a MRI contrast safe when you have reflux in the femoral deep vein? (6 answers)
I have had swelling above the knee for 3 months. An ultrasound found no deep vein thrombosis (DVT), just reflux in the femoral deep vein. The doctor told me to have a MRI of the left leg with contrast, but I read that the dye can cause clotting. What are the risks of doing a MRI contrast when you have reflux in the femoral deep vein? Is the MRI safe?
When is swelling above the knee a concern? (6 answers)
I have swelling above the left knee, which was noticed 3 months ago. I had an ultrasound that revealed no deep vein thrombosis (DVT), just vein reflux and stasis. I've been wearing compression stockings, but the swelling is still there. I'm worried. Should I have further testing?
Can pain and swelling in ankles be from varicose veins? (8 answers)
I have varicose veins. For the past two months I have had severe pain and swelling in my ankles. I have no arthritis. Can the pain and swelling be from the varicose veins? Am to have a venous reflux exam next week.
Does a deep vein valve reflux indicate there was a clot ? (2 answers)
I'm worried about DVT. I take bc pills and sit for long periods of time. I had pain in my knee and thigh so i had an ultrasound but it did not indicate thrombosis, however, it did indicate deep vein valve reflux in the femoral and superficial. Could this be from a clot?
Do I need vein treatment for venous reflux at age 24? (7 answers)
I am 24 years old, and I have spider veins and visible blue veins behind knees on both legs. Ultrasound showed 0.4 sec reflux in GSV right leg. Some doctors told me this is normal, but is it normal? And, if not, is it dangerous or weird for my age? I am scared and confused. Can you offer any advice?
Will I have swollen legs for life? (7 answers)
In April I had a blood clot in my thigh, behind my knee and in my calf. I had another really bad calf cramp, so my doctor sent me for another doppler, which showed I had developed another clot in my calf. He said that I would have swelling for life. Is he right?
Can Hemosiderin staining be removed? (10 answers)
I was told when I was 42 that I have PAD and leaking valves in my lower legs causing Hemosiderin staining. Is there anything that can be done to remove the staining from my legs?
Are there Venous Reflux Exams for DVI? (7 answers)
Recent ultrasound: left leg reflux 3.7 sec in femoral, and 5.2 in GSV, Rt leg 1.4 sec in common femoral 4 sec in femoral. Another showed popliteal left leg. I am 47, BMI 19 & I exercise. I have spider veins but no varicose veins yet. Treatment options?
Leg disoloration (5 answers)
I was diagnosed with venous insufficiency which was treated, but left me with scars from the sores and leg discoloration. I wonder if there is anything with lasers perhaps which can eliminate the scars and at least lighten the discoloration.
DVT and issues afterwards. (4 answers)
I was on blood thinners before and have tried compression stockings too. They don't seem to work or alleviate the pain that comes after athletic activity. I had a DVT from my groin to my ankle. Are there any procedures that could alleviate this?
Ankle swelling after VNUS closure in 2010 (4 answers)
I had VNUS closure in 2010 and my ankles still swell. I asked my doctor who did the procedure and he said he didn't know who. Do I need more sclerotherapy and another ultrasound to see if more work needs to be done? I still have some bulging veins.
Is the correcting reflux veins an urgent procedure?? (7 answers)
My vein mapping test showed reflux and weak veins. The test was done because of pain in leg and varicose veins. I had a DVT in that leg 2 yrs ago. Is the procedure to correct this urgent? Can it be delayed or not done at all?
Are Venous Reflux Exams also used for wound care? (7 answers)
I have a slow-healing wound on my foot and my wound care center specialist recommended some vascular testing. Are the same venous reflux exams used to evaluate legs with varicose veins also used in people with non healing wounds?
Where can I get a Venous Reflux Exam? (8 answers)
I have a few visible varicose veins, and general heaviness. I think I may need a Venous Reflux Exam. Can they be performed at a general practitioner's office, or should I go to a vein specialist or a hospital?
I have no varicose veins, but should I get a Venous Reflux Exam? (8 answers)
Ever since my last pregnancy (1 year ago) I have had aching and heaviness in my lower legs, but no visible varicose veins at all. Should I get a venous reflux exam to find out what's going on, or is the discomfort likely caused my something else?
Should I get a Venous Reflux Exam for my spider veins? (9 answers)
I have a lot of spider veins on my legs, but no pain and no visible varicose veins. However, if I get bruised it takes months to heal and my feet are always cold, even in the summer. Should I get a reflux exam to find out what's going on?
Large varicose vein (7 answers)
Would a large varicose vein on the side of my leg get better with weight loss? Would it disappear or get smaller?
When are venous reflux exams helpful? (8 answers)
I have a few varicose veins on my legs, which I'd like to have removed. My doctor suggested I might have a venous reflux exam, as well. I already know I have varicose veins, so why would I need an exam? Also, how are the venous exams performed?